November 6, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.
Question: We would like to stay in a smaller hotel near the French Quarter in a suite with a king bed plus smaller bed or two rooms. Which hotel do you recommend?
Answer: We would recommend the W New Orleans French Quarter hotel. It has only 98 rooms and it's located in the heart of the French Quarter. For three adults, we would recommend reserving the room with 2 queen beds which starts from $409 per night or reserving 2 separate rooms. To explore room options, photos, and hotel details, visit this website. To make a reservation, visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.
September 2, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance
The Saint Hotel features classic Beaux Arts architecture on the outside and contemporary designs on the inside.
June 14, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance
Five Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about the brand new spa at The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. Read more here:
The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans has wrapped up its plush $22 million renovation, revealing a fresh look and a new 4,500-square-foot spa, which has mother-of-pearl tiles and Swarovski crystals lining the ceiling.
Guests can plug in their iPods while enjoying a range of treatments, from facials and massage therapy to salon services, including hair, nails and waxing. The sauna and steam room, along with a brand-new outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and adjacent fitness center, are available for use before or after treatments.
Impressive Touch: The Spa's signature facials feature professional products combined with exclusive Oxygen therapy, LED light and microdermabrasion techniques. For a glowing finish, the "Rarefied Heir Oxygen Facial-O2" uses compressed oxygen to calm the skin and reduce redness. The "Reigning Light Facial-LED" provides an antiaging boost with ultimate deep pore cleansing, super strength exfoliation, thorough extractions, skin specific mask and full-face LED treatment. For guests seeking the total package, "The Royal Facial-Microdermabrasion+LED+O2" combines all three techniques to provide antiaging, cleansing and hydrating results.
For a continued glow, guests can purchase product lines from the spa boutique, including brands such as Phytomer, Cellx-C, Molton Brown, Clarisonic, Moroccanoil and Soulstice.
Hint: The recently debuted Cocktail Bar is a great spot for further relaxation—where guests can enjoy live jazz while sipping one of mixologist Christine Nielson's craft cocktails.
The entire Windsor Court Hotel has a new look, with updated décor and added amenities to all rooms and suites, as well as public spaces including Le Salon, The Grill Room and Polo Club Lounge.
View rates, details and more photos for The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans >>
March 15, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
For all of you Mad Men lovers crossing off days until the fifth season premiere (10 days and counting), we certainly have an exciting opportunity to transport you back to the swinging sixties. Hotel Monteleone, a luxurious hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans is hosting a Mad Men party at its Carousel Bar and Lounge. The event will feature a fashion show with clothes from Banana Republic, Haute Dames, and Retro Active Vintage. Complimentary 60s cocktails will be served and provided by Republic, and as an incredibly special treat, Bryan Batt, a former Mad Men star will serve as host and costume contest judge.
Interested? Read on for party details as well as a bit more information about the Hotel Monteleone. The party will take place March 20th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Carousel Bar and Lounge. It is free and open to the public, and prizes will be awarded for the best 60s era attire.
The Hotel Monteleone has recently undergone a $70,000 restoration, transforming it back to its original stature as New Orleans Grand Hotel. Its 600 luxurious guestrooms are modernly equipped without losing the traditional and welcoming feel. Its award winning restaurant, Carousel Bar and Lounge has recently celebrated a renovation as well, and it now features expansive windows along Royal Street, updated furniture, and a second crescent-shaped bar.
So whip out your 1960s dresses, polish your dancing shoes, and make your reservations for the Hotel Monteleone today to take part in all the fun!
February 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
Mardi Gras is on February 21st this year, which is only a few short weeks away! From an incredible parade to mounds of beads and excitement, Mardi Gras is definitely an event worth attending at least once in your life. Check out the following luxury 5 star hotels that currently have availability during Mardi Gras to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun!
This hotel is located in the heart of New Orleans, on the edge of the French Quarter near the banks of Mississippi. It recently underwent a $22 million restoration, redefining 5 star luxury, and now offers 316 newly designed guestrooms and suites.
This hotel is next to Jackson square and boutique shops, and it’s a short walk from the Riverwalk and Harrah’s casino. It was remodeled in 2000 and has 98 rooms and 2 suites.
Located just 3 blocks from the French Quarter, across from Harrah’s casino, the Arts district, and Riverwalk, this luxury hotel has 285 rooms and 12 suites.
This hotel is located in the heart of the French Quarter surrounded by the bustling Bourbon Street, boutique shops, and live entertainment. It was remodeled in 2000 and has 98 rooms and 2 suites.
This luxury hotel is located on Canal Street and it has 487 rooms and 7 suites.
Located on Canal Street a short walk from the French Quarter, this hotel allows guest to experience the most uniquely European city in the United States.
This hotel is located in the central business district one block from the French Quarter. It was remodeled in 2009 and it offers 504 rooms and 135 suites.
January 24, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
The Hotel Monteleone is one of only a few French Quarter hotels rated Four Diamonds by AAA. This luxurious 5-star property is located on Royal Street, one block from Bourbon Street, in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana. After much anticipation, the Hotel Monteleone has revealed the name of its new restaurant, Criollo Restaurant and Lounge, and it is expected to open March 2012. Criollo will offer a fine dining experience that will feature contemporary Louisiana cuisine. It will infuse traditional Creole flavors of Spanish, French, Italian, and African with new spices to create Louisiana Fusion dishes. In additional to phenomenal cuisine, the restaurant will also offer a selected variation of wines and spirits chosen to compliment the flavors in each food. According to Joseph Maynard, the Chef de Cuisine at the Criollo Restaurant and Lounge, “the dishes on the menu present a balance between rich foods and lighter options to cater to a variety of diners.” Located next to the Carousel Bar and Lounge right inside the Hotel Monteleone, the Criollo Restaurant and Lounge will bring some new flavors and fun to the already incredibly vibrant city of New Orleans!
January 20, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
Starting on January 25th, if you're going to be in the New Orleans area, make sure to check out the newly reopened Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone. Hotel Monteleone is maybe the iconic hotel of the Bourbon Street area, and the reopened bar is being celebrated with quiet the kickoff event. Starting the six month countdown to the Tales of the Cocktail festival, the reopening will feature special previews of the coming 10th anniversary event, including the festival's first book, Tales of the Cocktail from A to Z. Not only that, the world-record centerpiece by bead artist Stephan Wanger will be on display and you can view the fine artwork while sipping from your very own complimentary Old Fashioned. Continue the festivities with a performance by Robin Barnes.
Alongside the reopening, Hotel Monteleone has announced the coming year's regular performers, always free at the Carousel Bar whether you're staying at the hotel or just in the area. Joining Robin Barnes will be the Luther Kent Quartet, Eudora Evans & Band, the George French Jazz Quartet, and legacy showing Lena Prima, daughter of the Monteleone regular, Louis Prima, in the sixties. While other hotels might give you similar luxury, none will be closer to the Jazz culture at the heart of New Orleans than the Hotel Monteleone.
December 8, 2011
By: Christopher Roney
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for another article from yours truly! Don’t know who I am? That’s okay, sometimes I wake up in a fit of existential angst and ask myself the same the question. But regardless, I have some great news that I’m sure you’ll be excited to hear: The Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans has a suite of featured events for the hotel seasons, including the grand reopening of its cocktail bar. And with signature drinks such as the Joyous Noel or Papa’s Nightcap, they’ll warm your heart and your belly. I’m not even going to tell you what happens during the Very Bad Santa Crawl, but needless to say, if you’re even thinking of staying there on December 10th, it’s a must-see. If you’d rather be a good Santa, they’re offering a children’s holiday tea time. And Christmas day things really cut loose, gourmet-style. And by that, I mean a family feast prepared by their signature chefs. If you’re looking to get away to more cajun climes for the holidays, I can’t think of a better place than the Hotel Monteleone.
November 22, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
You're invited... to partake in the festive yuletide cheer at the “Grande Dame of the French Quarter" in New Orleans. The Hotel Monteleone, a landmark since 1886 and the largest full-service hotel in the area, gets serious props for decking the halls in such a big way every year. The hotel will start hosting local school choirs in its lobby for 30-minute performances every weekday starting Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 16. Free and open to the general public, the concerts feature everyone's favorite holiday songs. Here's the schedule:
November 28 (11:00 am) St. Matthew the Apostle School
November 29 (11:00 am) St. Benilde School
November 30 (10:30 am) St. Matthew the Apostle School
December 1 (11:30 am) St. Mary’s Academy and (12:00 pm) St. Augustine High School
December 2 (11:00 am) Country Day School
December 5 (11:00 am) Kehoe-France School and (12:00 pm) Holy Cross School
December 6 (11:30 am) St. Philip Neri School
December 7 (11:00 am) St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School
December 8 (11:00 am) St. Alphonsus School
December 9 (12:00 pm) St. Rita School
December 12 (11:30 am) St. Clement of Rome School
December 13 (10:30 am) Ursuline Academy and (12:00 pm) Archbishop Chapelle High School
December 14 (12:00 pm) St. Anthony of Padua School
December 15 (11:00 am) Memorial Baptist Christian School and (11:30 am) St. Paul’s Episcopal School
December 16 (11:30 am) Isidore Newman School
October 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
First creepy crawly cocktails... Now an Afternoon Tea! From London to New Orleans, luxury hotels are pulling out all the stops for a happy Halloween this year. The Windsor Court Hotel-- the only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond hotel in Louisiana-- has teamed up with the Audubon Insectarium to treat guests to a "Creepy Crawler Tea" in honor of Halloween. Taking place in Windsor Court's Le Salon on October 22 and 23, the tea will have all kinds of Halloween-inspired treats and teas: Pumpkin Spiced Chai, Cranberry Blood Orange Tea, and for the adults- a “Bloody” Orange Martini made with Mandarin vodka, blood orange juice and Grand Marnier garnished with a blood orange slice. On display on each table: terrariums filled with creepy crawlers like spiders, scorpions, and centipedes sure to delight the kids, donning their Halloween best. (Read: Costumes welcome!)
This is the second annual "Creepy Crawler Tea"- back by popular demand. Guests can choose from a Classic Tea service for $28 or a Royal Tea service for $35, which includes smoked salmon and caviar canapés and a glass of sherry, house sparkling wine or chardonnay. The children’s tea, for children 5 years of age and younger, is $17.